Monday, February 27, 2006

I Had Tapes to Get High on and Books to Get High on!

Tape: Free Enterprise is Alive

Speakers: Jim Brooks

Stock Number: BWW102

Recording Type: ‘Basic Mix’

Brief Review:

This tape is a shortened edit of the classic tape, “Blue Light Special”. They edited out all the ‘A’ words (Amway) and made it a good motivational tape. This tape quickly became a favorite of many people, myself included, and it is often used for deep motivation because it is short and full of energy, I am talking about the kind of energy that someone has when they are gulping down Black Beauties and Mini-thins.

Motivational Aspects:

It’s 95% motivation!

“You’re looking at a 39 year old man that has been retired for four years because of the Free Enterprise System!”

Five years ago, Jim didn’t have a dream, he had nothing going for him, and look at him now!

“Free enterprise is like water in a bathtub: if you pull the cork on the water in the bathtub, the water’s going down the tub and if you pull the cork on free enterprise, America’s going to follow down the tube!”

“What we all are in this room today, we’re the plug to free enterprise!”

Learn to live like a child with adult responsibilities instead of living like an adult with child responsibilities.

Wow! There are two things that Jim Brooks CAN NOT do!!! He can not fail and he can not lie.

Jim thinks that he can do everything…my challenge to you, Jimbo, FLY…no airplane, just fly…make a bunch of food an give it to the poor, or save me from my sins…you can’t do ANYTHING without God, and I hope you realize that before you have to stand in front of Him.

Jim had tapes and books to get high on, so he didn’t have any wine to celebrate his last day of work. [I wouldn’t have had the wine myself, but high on tapes and books is just frightening!]

Cult-like aspects:

“Quit giving me all these excuses” Jim also keeps on repeating many other things like “If you think you are dumb, get smart, and a whole host of other things. [The implication is that we are not where we need to be and that we can get there by a matter of simply choosing it. Some aspects of our choices are true, but many are not. We simply have no control over some of the things that God gave us to work with. I am an academic, very few people can keep up with my ability to learn, organize, and teach, but if you want some good laughs, watch me play sports! I would be a fool to waste my time trying to be good at football, though there may be value in me playing a game from time to time.]

Jim splits people into dreamers and people who couldn’t dream.

“Your dream might to be walk into a room like this and affect someone who thinks he is a man” [what, is a person not a man if he is not in Quixtar or Amway?]

“I was a loser, but I’m willing to change!”

According to Jim, all we need to do is change our thinking and start talking positive and then success will start to roll in.

Jim encourages the crowd to challenge the mindset of working for a living and suggests that the Amway / Quixtar business is the true path to success and happiness.

God told Jim that He gave him a choice to be bound with chains around his neck [the job] or to be free.

BWW Tapespeak:

The man makes the dream then the dream makes the man

If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t like where you wind up

Whatever a persons mind can conceive and believe he can achieve because….

The only difference between a ditch digger and a millionaire is the way they think!

J.O.B. = Jackass of the Boss

It takes Guts to get out of the Ruts

The problem most of us are not on the stage is because of Stinkin’ Thinkin’

I was sick and tired of being sick and tired of being sick and tired…

Wonderful Faulty Theology:

According to Jim, you must learn to love yourself before you can love someone else. He says that this is how to love yourself. “Take your hand right now and put it on your breast or your chest and follow me. Say, ‘I love me’ tell yourself, ‘I like me, I love me, I’m going Diamond, Period, that’s it. You gotta be able to do that Monday morning, Tuesday morning…every morning of your life. [The first part that you must learn to love yourself before you can learn to love others is mostly true, but I am far more concerned with the teaching of the second part. According to God, you need to recognize your utter hopelessness and need for God, then you will be able to humble yourself to accept the sacrifice of God. All men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and the wages of our sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life (Romans 6:23). Christ died on the cross to pay that penalty for us, but He warns that you must be willing to give this life on earth for Him to be considered worthy of Him. It is not about personal fulfillment, but personal denial. Only when that sacrifice is yours and the joy of the Lord is flowing onto you can you understand agape love. For more information, please read the Gospel of Jesus Christ.]

“You got to realize the best person in the world is you. Y – O – U!” [Dead wrong buddy…Mark 9:35 says “Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all."” The implication of this verse is that one must realize that we are not all important…in fact, believing that one is all important is a good step to selfishness and many other sins. Be very cautious of the advise of this man and others like him.]

“You got to develop love for you, you got to develop pride, you got to develop confidence.”

Apparently, God told Jim that He was going to help him become successful if only he developed guts. [Here is an edit from a previous post about money and the Bible:

I would like to point out the Biblical basis for wealth as it will be important while reading this series. The money is neutral. I am not using this post to preach a poverty Gospel, however, it is clear from the teachings of the BWW system that they are teaching a prosperity Gospel. To set it straight, here is SOME of what the bible says about money (there is a lot, I will pull out the relevant points here).

First, read Matthew 19:16-22. This passage does NOT mean that a person must give everything away to be saved (yes, there have been apostic theologies called ‘poverty Gospels’ that teach this). In this verse, Jesus is testing just how well this young man kept the commandments. In fact, he failed the first one. This man loved his money more than God, which is why he went away grieving. For him, his property was worth more than his soul. POINT NUMBER 1: Money is a problem when you put it before God.

Next, read 1 Timothy 6:3-6. In this verse, we see the problem with using the platform of Godliness to gain material goods. In the last part (vs. 6), we see that contentment, not dreams, is the way to gain. Contentment and dreams are two opposing sides of the spectrum. POINT NUMBER 2: Contentment is the path to sound living.

Next, read 1 Timothy 6:9-10. It is clear from watching [the Extreme Freedom Team videos] that a total all consuming love for money is the motivation behind the actions. POINT NUMBER 3: When your focus is earning money, you are subjecting yourself to great temptations for practicing evil.

With these points in mind, I want you to know that having money is not a sin. Going on a good vacation, having a nice car, a nice house, etc, are not sins. The problem arises when you use a deceptive system of mind control to fleece people out of hard earned money so that you can buy a whole lot of things, make videos about it, and post them to motivate people to do more of the same.

Other Notes:

Interesting that the ‘rebellious’ attitude that I spoke of with Doug Weir comes out in Jims talk. “I am sick of bureaucratic rules and regulations, I’m sick and tired of being taxed here and taxed there, I’m sick and tires of someone telling me what I can and what I can’t do.” This is totally against the norm of scripture where we are commanded to be in submission to authority whether a boss, police, government, etc. There is nothing wrong with working, in fact, as best I can remember, it was work six days and rest the seventh, not the other way around like the Diamonds always say. Paul carries that on in the New Testament as he works to support himself on his journeys.

He says “don’t give me that word ‘can’t’” in the context of driving a Porsche as fast as you want (see the above argument). He explains that you can go out in the Porsche and ‘zing down the road’ with the ‘largest room in the world… the room of self improvement’ while you listen to a Bill Britt tape and he gets you so fired up you can’t control yourself. You just need to buy a road that is a hundred miles long. Then you need to buy two cars and make them be police cars and hire some people that ‘couldn’t dream’ and put them in the cars and then they can catch up to you and you fire them and hire two new ones….I again refer you to the above argument.

3 Comments:

Blogger Noah said...

wow. really through...

Wed Dec 17, 04:32:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger JeremiahJ said...

Dude, you quit. Hows it feel to be a quitter?

Mon Aug 03, 11:59:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Noah said...

pardon?

Tue Aug 04, 08:49:00 AM GMT-5  

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